The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author Grace R. Duncan on the Turning His Life Around blog tour. Grace is doing something a little different, a little special for you, so I’ll turn it over to Grace.
Hello and welcome back to the Turning His Life Around blog tour! I am doing something a little different with this tour and, I’ve put together a running short story. This story happens a couple of years before Turning takes place, when Ian is learning he’s in love with Kane but hasn’t quite accepted what all that means for him yet, since Kane doesn’t return that love.
The story goes for all nine tour stops! You can start it at Charley Descoteaux’s blog and follow the rest of the tour from the link at the bottom.
Be sure to catch each one because everyone who reads all nine and can answer a scavenger hunt questionnaire based on the story will be entered to win $25 a Dreamspinner Press!
Years ago, Ian Kelly accepted Kane would never return his love, since he knows Kane believes he’s incapable of it. Ian is willing to settle for what he can get—a best friend, sometimes casual lover, and occasional submissive. He’s learned he can’t live without Kane, but he can’t let Kane know. Because when, not if, Kane confirms that Ian’s love will never be returned, Ian won’t be able to take it. But when Kane loses his job and asks Ian to step up their play to help him deal, Ian’s ability to hide his feelings falters. Then Kane starts his own computer security firm and asks Ian to join him, and Ian struggles further.
It’s not until they visit the exclusive BDSM club the Iron Door that things come to a head. Kane screws up big time, and he’s afraid he can’t fix it. He’s sure he’ll lose his best friend, his Dom, his everything… forever.
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“Oh! How wonderful!” she nearly shouted, her smile widening, then continued speaking really fast in Japanese. Ian couldn’t catch all of it; his Japanese education had been very limited. He thought he heard something about love and caught the word ‘yaoi’ and something else, but he couldn’t be sure. He and Kane exchanged looks.
“Uh, what does ‘yaoi’ mean?” Kane asked and Ian shook his head.
“Well, as far as I know, ‘yaoi’ is a type of manga or anime in Japan that involves, uh, two men.” He paused, blinked and stared at Kane for a few seconds, his lips twitching, then he leaned in. “I do believe she’s trying to figure out which one of us tops the other.”
Kane burst out laughing. “So she thinks we’re…”
“A couple, yes,” Ian said, smirking.
Kane chuckled. “Let’s let her have her fantasy,” he murmured, putting his arm around Ian’s waist.
Ian laughed and turned back to her, bowing his head. “Our table?” he asked when she paused for breath.
“Oh! I’m sorry!” She blushed and turned to wave a hand across the bridge before leading them over it.
Ian and Kane followed her and as they turned into the hallway, Kane leaned in. “Should we really give her something to fantasize about?”
“Hmm?” Ian asked. Kane hadn’t removed his arm yet and Ian was having trouble concentrating on anything but the feel of the man against him.
“When we sit down, let’s kiss.”
Ian turned, his eyebrows going up at Kane and he chuckled at the look on his friend’s face. He glanced back at her then nodded. Finally, they stopped at a small room off to one side. It was just big enough for a table for two. Low “chairs”—which were little more than seats with no legs and backs with cushions to sit on—sat on the floor. The table was low to the floor, as well, and set with napkins, small dipping bowls and chopsticks on tiny rests.
Ian, deciding to play things up, pulled Kane’s chair out for him then bent to leave a peck on Kane’s cheek, but his friend surprised him and caught his lips, instead, in a much more thorough kiss. Ian thought he heard something about ‘seme’ and ‘uke’ from the woman, but was a little too busy trying to gather his scattered wits from the kiss. He bowed to her, thanked her, and took his own seat. She handed them the menus, said something about their server, and disappeared.
“She’s going to have masturbation fodder for a month from that,” Kane said wickedly.
Ian laughed. “Quite. I do believe she’s decided I top.”
Kane blinked at him. “How did she figure that out?”
“I heard her mention ‘seme’ and ‘uke.’ And I believe she thinks I’m the ‘seme.’”
“Seme?” Kane asked, blinking. “Uke?”
“Loosely translated, it’s ‘pitcher’ and ‘catcher’ and I think she picked ‘seme’ for me because I pulled out your chair for you,” Ian replied, unable to hold back the grin.
“Well. Okay, then.” He shook his head, turning his attention to the menu. “Wow, there’s a lot here. Uh, I’m not sure where to start.”
“If you want, you could stick with sushi. I’m having the daikon salad and sushi. I’d like to try one of these combinations to get a taste of different ones.” Ian set the menu aside, watching his friend who was, at the moment, infinitely more interesting than the menu.
“Hmm,” Kane said, considering the options. He looked at the separate piece of paper to see the sushi options listed. “Ohhh, I see. Okay.” He turned back to the menu, flipping the pages and stopping about half way through. “Ooo, this looks good. Gyu Don.” He glanced up. “How about we get one of those bigger sushi things and both eat off it?”
Ian nodded. “That sounds good. Do you want some sake?”
“Oh yeah. But… don’t you want some?”
Ian shook his head. “That’s alright. You’re the one with the new job. You drink. Next time, you can drive.”
Kane grinned. “Alright, thanks.”
Their server showed up then, a small man with a very serious disposition. He was quick and efficient, however, with good suggestions, so Ian was happy. He was also gone shortly thereafter, leaving them alone, for which Ian was very grateful. “So, tell me what you can about the new company.”
Remember, be sure to follow the whole tour to get the full story and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate at Dreamspinner Press.
One person who comments here by telling me if you like sushi or not and if not, what your favorite type of food is will win an ebook of any of my backlist titles (any published prior to Turning).